Viet Nam's International Economic Integration and Donors' Support

Feb 27, 2002

HA NOI  -  In line with the orientation of "fully mobilizing internal strengths while benefiting from external resources as well as carrying out a proactive international economic integration process to ensure fast, effective and sustainable development" as indicated in the Resolution of the 9th National Party Congress, on 27 February 2002, the National Committee for International Economic Cooperation (NCIEC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organized a workshop entitled "Viet Nam's International Economic Integration and donors' support" to take stock of the past technical assistance for the country's international economic integration process and recommend future directions for this process.

The above workshop was chaired by H.E. Nguyen Manh Cam, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of NCIEC. The workshop was attended by Mr Jordan Ryan, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Mr Luong Van Tu, Vice Minister of Trade and General Secretary of NCIEC, Vice Ministers of several other ministries as well as Ambassadors, ChargÐs d'Affaires, representatives of international donors, Government agencies and the mass media.

The workshop highlighted the main features of Viet Nam's integration commitments in the concluded agreements including AFTA, ASEM and APEC Agreements, Miyazawa Plan, the Loan Facilities with the World Bank and IMF, the VN-US BTA and the initial offer for WTO accession. It discussed the capacity gaps of Vietnamese agencies in implementing the economic integration. It also generalized technical assistance to Viet Nam by the international community in the last decade, especially since Viet Nam officially joined regional and international economic organizations.

The donor representatives recognized Viet Nam's efforts in reforming its economy in line with the world's economic trends and discussed the past technical assistance for the country's integration process. They expressed their willingness to further support the Government to meet emerging challenges of economic integration. This support and technical assistance will be targeted to help the Government in continuing its economic and legal reforms, improving the national and industrial competitiveness, and attracting more and more foreign investments.

The participants also spent time discussing how to most effectively use technical assistance as well as how to strengthen the economic integration coordination among the Government agencies and between the Government and the donor community.

The organization of this workshop indicated the Vietnamese Government's commitment to international economic integration and provided a good opportunity for Government agencies and donors to work more closely in the future in order to facilitate Viet Nam's successful international economic integration process and actively contribute to achieving the country's goal of "wealthy people, a strong country, an equitable, democratic and civilized society".
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